This series details my 21 day challenge to get in the best shape possible in 3 weeks.
To read part 1, click here
Day 1 (May 13th)
First part of my day was my workout. During my workout I realized how de-conditioned I was - I felt like throwing up and I was barely moving.
After my workout came my lunch meeting. Eating out on the first day of the plan was tough. But, I ordered wings and a side of grilled vegetables (strange combo, but it worked out okay). A couple hours after lunch I began to get hungry again, at this point I realized that I had 'used up' a lot of my 1500Kcals for the day. So I grabbed coffee and waited for the hunger signals to dissipate. Once I did, it really wasn't that bad.
With dinner always being a multi-ingredient meal I used to the 'recipe' feature in MyFitnessPal and it worked a treat. It was a little more work on the front end but the barcode feature is a life saver.
Day 2 (May 14th)
Still going strong. Workout this morning was much better.
Day 3 (May 15th)
Didn't make it to the gym today, hence the lower step count. When you 'work from home' it's really challenging to get the steps in as you don't rack up steps without consciously thinking about it.
Day 4 (May 16th)
Generally, it's being going pretty well. I crushed the 1st couple days but Day 3 was tough. I didn't hit my step, cardio or protein numbers and I went just over my Calorie budget. The one thing I've been really struggling with is hitting my protein number while keeping my Calories down.
I've late-night snacked a couple of times due to the hunger and I know I can work on this but it's mentally challenging. I tend to reach for a protein bars when I'm hungry (260KCals and 20g Protein) so it's not all bad. At the moment, I don't whether I should prioritize keeping Calories down or getting protein up.
Day 5 (May 17th)
I clarified with Ed, my coach, he would rather have Calories lower than have protein higher at the expense of Calories.
Yesterday, as you can see by the numbers was kind of rough. Being stuck in the apartment most of the morning meant I was constantly in sight of food so I had a couple hundred Calories more than normal. In the afternoon, I met up with a friend for beer and BBQ. Although it wasn't as bad as some meals out I've had recently, it wasn't good from a Calorie point of view.
Note: I did track EVERYTHING. There is little to no point in doing tracking if you're going to conveniently 'forget' you ate/drank something. It doesn't help me as I'm not being honest and it certainly doesn't help Ed. If I'm not seeing progress and my numbers aren't truthful then he will be looking in the wrong places for a solution. If you're not sticking to the plan, own it and try to do better. I'm going to try and do better tomorrow.
Day 6 (May 18th)
Today was a pretty good day considering it was a Saturday. I kept my Calories pretty low, steps and exercise were not great, but overall I consider this day average to good.
Day 7 (May 19th)
This was a lazy day and I was fighting hunger all the time. Gave in a couple times but used very low Calorie snacks to do so (Shout out to Stryve Billtong sticks and Greek Yoghurt).
Tracking of stuff
As you can see, I'm not always hitting all of my metrics, however, I'm getting 'close'. You don't have to be perfect to make progress but you know that you left something on the table.
I'm still working on the refeed day and not going crazy with it. Unfortunately, the fat kid on me comes out every now and then.